Russia is trying to milk “all the information they can” out of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, contended former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton in a radio interview today.
Bolton slammed Snowden as lacking credibility, saying the ex-contractor “exaggerated and distorted much of what he knows about the NSA program.”
Stated Bolton: “I think the Russians are certainly trying to get all the information they can from him. And whether they have already gotten it or not or what exactly is going on behind the scenes, obviously we don’t know.”
Bolton continued on Snowden: “He claims to be acting on conscience for the protection of American citizens. And yet he goes to the People’s Republic of China and Russia and looks to go onward to places like Cuba and Venezuela.”
Bolton was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.
The former U.N. diplomat said he doesn’t believe Snowden “has any credibility and that what he says should be given any credence.”
“He has violated solemn obligations that he undertook as a condition for his employment not to reveal classified information,” Bolton charged. “He has exaggerated and distorted much of what he knows about the NSA program. And we are in a situation now where the lie, the propaganda gets out very quickly, and the truth just creeps along after.”
The full audio of the interview can be heard below: